North and South America
Look up if you’re in Times Square sometime before August 3, 2018! You may catch the wonderful sight of this giant hummingbird and gorgeous hibiscus flower reminding the world that Earth Overshoot Day 2018 is August 1. We owe these images to our amazing partner Louie Schwartzberg and his team (MovingArt.com).
Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. In 2018, it fell on August 1.
We are using 1.7 Earths.
We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests, and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than ecosystems can absorb.
Thriving lives within the means of our planet are not out of reach. Plenty of solutions exist in four major areas for improving sustainability: food, cities, population, and energy to #MoveTheDate.
Eighty percent of the world population is expected to live in cities by 2050. Consequently, city planning and urban development strategies are instrumental to balancing the supply of natural capital and population’s demand. Learn More
Decarbonizing the economy is our best possible chance to address climate change, and would improve the balance between our Ecological Footprint and the planet’s renewable natural resources. Learn More
How we meet one of our most basic needs–food–is a powerful way to influence sustainability. Sourcing food locally and avoiding highly processed foods can lower the Ecological Footprint. Learn More
How will you #MoveTheDate?
Take your first step today!
Support Earth Overshoot Day
We know it can be overwhelming to think about how your personal Footprint contributes to global overshoot. The truth is, you can take steps to chip away at your impact on the planet. If everyone committed to #MoveTheDate 5 days each year, we could get out of global overshoot by 2050.
By the Numbers
Earth Overshoot Day is an initiative of Global Footprint Network, an international research organization that is changing the way the world measures and manages its natural resources. The date of Earth Overshoot Day is calculated with data from Global Footprint Network’s National Footprint Accounts, which are now available for free on our Ecological Footprint Explorer Open Data Platform at data.footprintnetwork.org.